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5 Human Cheat Codes That Hack Success

Updated on September 9, 2015

From an early age I witnessed the benefits of hard work: Men and women who were dedicated and driven to accomplish goals, which most would assume insurmountable: Individuals who – at the time – seemed to understand a secret or #humancheatcode that allowed them to make the seemingly impossible possible. As I progressed in my career I took with me a few of the lessons learned from these individuals. Lessons that have allowed me to perform at a high level under duress and compete in several different environments.

Employ the following human cheat codes to make the seemingly impossible possible:

#AlwaysBeReady

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” -- Confucius

The 1st business owner I was recruited by specialized in event management. At the time – in his market – the competition was at a high level and the events management industry was cut throat. Competitors would sabotage your events and at times refuse to honor contractual agreements. Nonetheless, he always managed to stay relevant by planning his every move – with contingencies – in advance.

This high-level of preparation allowed him to pivot and adjust to adverse outcomes faster than the competition.

#RideTheWave

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” – Bert Lance

Often time’s people try to change systems that are already working. The most successful people I have interacted with – recognize a trend and find a way to compliment the things that people are already tuned in to.

I’ve seen people – with a minimal investment – turn lifestyle businesses that complimented a pre-existing trending topic into seven figure brands in less than two years.

#Location1st

“Real estate is the key cost… That’s why there’s the old saw: location, location, location.” – Jeff Bezos

If you wear your tuxedo to a barbeque you are likely to receive some strange looks, but if you wear the same tux to a black tie event you have primed yourself for a successful evening. In short, your business model has to compliment your markets demand.

“When in Rome, live as the Romans do; when elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere.” -- Saint Ambrose

The one human cheat code that every one of the aforementioned people I mentioned earlier realize is – that you have to put yourself and your products in the right place to succeed on or offline.

#StayHumbleStayHungry

“Humility is the true key to success. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success.” – Rick Pitino

I have never run across a truly successful person who didn’t practice dignified humility. All ambitious people are driven, but the most successful people have an unquenchable thirst: A humble hunger which allows them to persevere – even in the most trying of times.

Closed mouths don’t get feed and greedy people generally get excused from the table. Find a balance between the two extremes.

#GiveBack

“As I give, I get.” – Mary McLeod Bethune

The single most successful person I have ever interacted with made it a mission to – help “up and coming” people who were humble enough to listen. From my interaction with this individual I gleaned the reciprocal value of service. On the surface you have an opportunity to assist others, but at the end of the day – the true value comes from what you learn about yourself along the way.

Some of the best ideas in the world came from everyday people who shared an interaction with an influencer.

Do you remember the commands missing from the cheat code mentioned at the top of this post?

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